Minimally processed and beautiful, Garthenor's yarns are produced to the highest organic standards. Garthenor woollen spun laceweight yarns have a slightly rustic nature, and they reach their full potential once they’ve been wet blocked – the way the fibres fill out and relax is simply stunning.
Knit this on some 5mm needles for some open and airy lace work, or switch to 1.5mm for a denser, tighter knit fabric. This laceweight yarn also works amazingly well knitted as two strands – either to create a single colour 4 ply gauge, or a custom marl.
Shetland Sheep are known far and wide for their incredible colour palette – they have upwards of 30 basic markings! Small and hardy, they are perfectly adapted to their native home of the Shetland Islands. Garthenor's shetland yarns come from sheep on their own farm, along with a couple of flocks in Southern England. Among the softest of all British breeds, Shetland wool has long been prized as a superior fibre. Whilst the fineness doesn’t compete with commercial wool producing breeds, the texture, definition and wide range of natural shades are unrivalled across the sheep world. The fibres for this yarn have been produced from sheep to skein in Great Britain.
Garthenor’s mission is to promote and provide a variety of sustainable, organic & British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Every single product Garthenor produces is Certified Organic by The Soil Association to Global Organic Textile Standards. Their yarns are never dyed or bleached. There are only ever 2 substances that come into contact with the fibres during processing: a gentle detergent and a spinning oil. Both of these liquids have been approved the Global Organic Textile Standards, and are fully biodegradable. In 2003, Garthenor became the first fully certified organic yarn in the world.
This item is sold as a 50g skein. We are happy to wind the skein into a ball for you (just leave us a note to do so in the comment box). Please note that all skeins once wound into a ball are non-refundable. We only carry washed versions of this yarn, i.e oils used in the spinning process have been removed.